He was actually sitting in front of me and flew straight at my face," he said. An Australian man has sustained serious eye injuries after being attacked by a magpie. Visit the Swooping Magpie Safety Tips page a full list of tips! Magpies often become more aggressive as the chicks become older, but swooping usually stops once the young have left the nest. Magpies swoop to protect their territory when they feel their nests are threatened during nesting season, but this action can result in skin and eye injuries. But if there is one thing more Australian than these, it is swooping magpies,' he says. What started as a “one-way conversation” with a magpie has ended with a Victorian man airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to both his eyes. Magpies on a mission: Eye injuries increase in shocking swooping season By Anna Prytz Updated October 20, 2017 — 12.53pm first published October 19, 2017 — 9.42am Source: Getty. Magpie Alert warns that injuries tend to occur when cyclists fall off their bikes during an attack, like the man in Wollongong. Australia is in the middle of magpie swooping season. Below is a short list of safety tips that we've collected over the past 7 seasons from our readers that may help with preventing and avoiding a swooping magpie attack. 'The males defend their nests vigorously and can cause injuries from their attacks.' A springtime surge of magpie attacks in Australia has caused an increase in eye injuries and prompted warnings by authorities about the risks of being clawed during “swooping season”. "The bird wasn't swooping. A penetrated eye that needed surgery is just one of an “extraordinary” spate of magpie-inflicted injuries in Melbourne, and one hospital has issued a warning about the swooping birds. It's currently 'swooping season' in Australia. A magpie’s defensive behaviour can range from a non-contact swoop with or without beak snapping, through to pecking, dive-bombing and sometimes front-on … Though it is rare for a magpie to actually make contact, a swooping magpie can cause bicycles accidents, resulting in injury … ... Jennifer Dyer sustained a serious eye injury when a magpie attacked her in Sale. RELATED: Magpie swooping season starting early Magpiealert.com says its aim is “help others to avoid the dangerous birds” by allowing people to report their swoops and share information. A photo of his injuries shows severe swelling and redness to his right eye.